Its that time of the year when the anticiaption is high of what bowhunting manufacturers will be coming out with this year. As always I feel like a kid in a candy store looking at all of the new products being released right now in Indy at the largest archery show of the year. I am not going to go into much depth now but here is what I have seen so far. Photos will be uploaded when I get back into town.
Octane introduces the new Bantam Weight Quiver which is a one piece quiver that's super lightweight, compact, and the 4 arrow design keeps your arrows tight to the bow. This quiver features the same popular quick-detach as the standard Octane quivers and is super lightweight for those of you who thought the magentic-hood quivers were a little on the heavy side. It is also adjustable in both length and offset to fit just about any bow/arrow combination just right.
Dead Down Wind – this company always seems to come up with cool ideas ever year. For 2009 here is what I like – a totally odorless oil which can be used on everything from the axles in your bow to your dropaway rests, releases, and even any firearms you may take out after bow season. They also have a new wind checkmate product which uses an average 2 micron particle size that delivers the perfect cloud for monitoring wind currents and ScentPrevent technology. This way no matter what conditions you are hunting in you will know which way the wind is going. They have also increased the size of the bottle to 3-4 times of most of their competitors for the same price.
Cottonwood Outdoors – I know all of us have a deer stand that needs a new seat. Cottonwood has you covered! They are making replacement treestand seat covers for just about all treestands on the market. Plus these seat covers are lined with Weathershield which is a totally waterproof fabric. This means not only will your seat be dry, but it won't rot out as easily when left in the field for long periods of time.
Viper Archery – The Barrel. This completley new target is very innovative. Instead of shooting into the layers of a traditional square layered targer, you are shooting into a 360 degree shooting surface. Its innovative wrapped design absorbs energy from high speed arrows, and arrows will stop with minimum penetration and its wrapped with weather resistant vinyl graphics.
Natural Predator Outdoor Products – If you want to make your own carbon suit time and time again now you can. All you have to do is Mix, Dip, Hang & Store. The TRU-Carbon H20 Pellets dissolves instantly in water. You Dip your clothing in and let it hang dry and you're ready to go. We tried it out on a pair of stinky socks, and sure enough it worked great!
Primos – the mini bloodhunter plus will help you find your blood trail. This new mini bloodhunter has 95 lumen white LED which serves as a standad light along with two additional red and green LEDs to make blood trailing easily. It features a burn time of 4 hours on the 2 red/green LEDs, 6 hours on 2 reduced LEDS, and 8 hours the single white LED. Hopefully all of you find your deer within the first hour or so but this little light can sure make a differecne when bloodtrailing gets tough.
Copper John now offers replaceable fiber optic pins for their popular line of sights. So if you happen to break a pin in the field, it's no problem to replace them quickly and easily. This can be done in 60 seconds and you'll be back in hunting in no time.
Cherry Hill Outdoos has a cool product called the Quiet Range Finder Holder. This product keeps your rangefinder close at hand, is extremely quiet, and has retractable cord to prevent you from dropping or losing your expensive rangefinder. It can be used for right or left handed users, and can be secured to your binocular straps.
White Knuckle Productions new video for 2009 is called Full Circle and features several awesome hunting stories from the WKP team. From the fields and forests of the Midwest including Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin you'll see two bucks over 190 inches harvested on this video, 2 over 160 inches, and several more over 130 inches. This video is 100% bowhunting and features real-world fair-chase, self-guided hunts. Look for this new DVD to be availble here on Bowhunting.com in early spring.
If you've read my blog at all you'll know I'm a big fan of the Reconyx trail cameras. New for this year are the MC65 Solocam IR. This camera has a 1/5 second trigger speed, 1 photo per second write speed, full HD 1080 photo definition, and is fully concealed in the Mathews Lost camo. You can bet I'll have one of these out in the field as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Predator Trail cameras has updated their firmware for this year to provide even easier one-touch setup that is super fast and super easy to use. Their cameras also feature improved battery life and improved cold weather performance as well. New for this year is an external battery combo that will provide up to 4 months of battery life for extended use.
Mrs. Doe Pee has a pretty cool product, that probably isn't new, but I think it's neat! It's a wind checking device that contains an estrous scent to lure in bucks during the prime time. So checking the wind more often could just lure in that buck of a lifetime – like the one Sam Collora shot below. This buck never ceases to impress me no matter how many times I've seen it. He's awesome!
One of our top sellers for 2008 was the original Hooyman saw, and new for this year is a 10' version. Now you can reach even further with this compact extendible saw that folds down to 28" when closed. You can bet we'll be adding these to our arsenal for this fall as well!
Check back tomorrow for full updates on all the other new products that we find at this year's ATA Show.